FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas. Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former teammate, Floyd Landis, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.

Posted: December 20, 2014, 12:26 am

Belgian five-time Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner Eddy Merckx smiles as he prepares to cycle to London for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, at the Belgium Olympics Committee headquarters in Brussels in this July 25, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule/Files

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Eddy Merckx did it on a bicycle, Jacky Ickx drove fast for Formula 1. Now that both are approaching 70, an exhibition is celebrating their feats as two of history's speediest Belgians. The stunning accomplishments of the "fast friends" are chronicled in an exhibition that runs until June 21, just after Merckx’s 70th birthday on June 17. Ickx turns 70 on Jan. 1. "This exhibition is ideal to refresh the memory. It's a fine testimony of everything we accomplished," Merckx said at the official opening earlier this month. ...

Posted: December 19, 2014, 5:34 am
ROME (AP) -- Law enforcement authorities need to prevent banned physician Michele Ferrari from seeing riders and conclude his long-running stain on the sport, according to the president of the Italian Cycling Federation.
Posted: December 18, 2014, 1:37 pm
PARIS (AP) -- Australian rider Rohan Dennis says he will try to break cycling's hour record in February.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:36 pm
GENEVA (AP) -- The Astana team keeping top-tier status in 2015 does not mean the sport will revert to its old doping ways, according to International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson.
Posted: December 11, 2014, 5:26 pm
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- The Astana team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has been put on probation to retain its top-tier racing status next season after a series of doping cases.
Posted: December 10, 2014, 10:29 pm
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team retained their elite status for 2015 following a review by the License Commission after being hit by a series of doping affairs, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday. Astana, however, are "on probation", according to UCI president Brian Cookson, as their license is under two conditions. The first is that Astana is "audited by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne, an independent body recognized for its expertise in this field," the UCI said. ...
Posted: December 10, 2014, 10:13 pm
The 2016 Tour de France will start at the Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the country's most famous tourist attractions, and visit a Normandy beach where Allied forces landed on D-Day during World War II.
Posted: December 9, 2014, 1:45 pm

Tour de France General Director Christian Prudhomme delivers a speech during the presentation for the Tour de France 2016 departure from the Mont Saint-Michel December 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

MONT ST MICHEL, France (Reuters) - The 2016 Tour de France will begin in the Normandy region with the Grand Depart from the iconic Mont St Michel and a third-stage start from Granville, organizers said on Tuesday. The world's greatest bike race will start from western France for the first time since 2011, when the riders departed from the Vendee region. The first stage will take the peloton on a 188-kilometre journey from Mont St Michel to Utah Beach. ...

Posted: December 9, 2014, 12:46 pm
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Disgraced doctor Michele Ferrari has denied meeting with Astana team members last year as the Kazakh outfit, which features Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali in its ranks, sweats over its participation in next season's top races. Astana's World Tour license -- which guarantees a spot in the top events -- is under review by the license commission, which is expected to tell the International Cycling Union (UCI) whether the team will keep their credentials later this week. ...
Posted: December 8, 2014, 10:33 pm

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